A video has surfaced on the Internet showing people from Bajrang Dal creating ruckus at the Hyderabad Manjeera mall on Valentine’s Day. In the video, one can find a flock of men moving in an unrestricted manner while tampering the decoration on the shops in the malls. They can also be seen entering a restaurant and bursting the balloons (part of the decoration) inside. They had already issued a warning against the celebration of this love day. They had said that the couples who are found celebrating this ‘alien’ festival in public, will be married with immediate effect. They further claimed that the festival was against the Indian values. More to that, in Ahmedabad, the fringe group had pasted posters asking girls to say ‘no to love jihad.’ The vigilante group had also warned pubs and restaurants in Hyderabad – asking them not to celebrate Valentine’s day.
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Meanwhile, Lucknow University had issued a notice asking its students to not roam inside the premises on Valentine’s Day. It had also added that a disciplinary action will be taken against those found violating the notice. The Bajrang Dal also staged demonstrations in Hyderabad and asked hotels not to hold any special programmes on the occasion. The fringe group members had also organised dharnas at Abids junction and L B Nagar junction to protest against Valentine’s Day celebration. A representative of the right-wing organisation, Kailash S, said, “We also burnt effigies of (Saint) Valentine during the protests.” Slogans were also raised against the Valentine’s Day.
However, this is not the first time. Every year the Hindu outfit stage protests against the Valentine’s Day. “Like every year, we held protests this year also. We are not against love but this kind of celebrations is against our culture,” said a Bajrang Dal member. “We also visited several colleges over the past few days and advised students against celebrating the Valentine’s Day,” he added.